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The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
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Jun 19, 11

Read in June, 2011

I'm confused about how to review this book, I admit it. I seem to be reading too many books lately where there is no point, or, if there it one, I'm not getting it. Ferris writes beautifully, and we as readers are drawn into the sadness of Tim's, the main character, "unnamed" illness. There are also moments of piercing loveliness, as Tim's wife, out of deep love and devotion, tries to keep herself sane as her husband's condition, and their marriage, deteriorates.

Is his unexplained compulsion to walk supposed to be a metaphor for the various silly compulsions or obsessions which, left unchecked, can destroy a life? Is it showing us the futility of trying to live and love and work in normal ways, because it is all futile in the end? That acceptance is our only choice, because, no matter what we do in our lives, we are all ultimately alone? As you can tell, I found this an incredibly depressing book, but was compelled to finish it because of the hope that something, anything, would change for Tim. So I'm still not sure how I feel about this book, but I think some light comedy is needed for my next read...
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